How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

Screenshot: Microsoft via David NieldWindows Hello is the name Microsoft gives you password-free access to your computer: It can include facial recognition via a webcam, fingerprint scanning via a sensor, and the use of a short PIN code.

Hackers Accessed Security Cams Inside Tesla and Beyond

Hackers Accessed Security Cams Inside Tesla and Beyond

Microsoft-Owned GitHub Takes Down Exchange Server ExploitSecurity researchers warned this week that a full, public proof-of-concept exploit for recently-patched Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities would further roil a hacking frenzy that had already escalated in recent days.

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED.

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

This week, Microsoft and security firm FireEye both shared new details about malware strains the Russia-linked group used to get such devastating access to so many targets.

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

First spotted by security firm Volexity, a nation-state group that Microsoft calls Hafnium has been using multiple zero-day exploits —which attack previously unknown vulnerabilities in software—to break into Exchange Servers, which manage email clients including Outlook.

Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World

Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World

"If you have a decentralized identifier I can verify, say, where you went to school and I don’t need you to send me all of the information," says Joy Chik, corporate vice president for Microsoft's cloud and enterprise identity division.

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

In March 2018, Dutch physicist and Microsoft employee Leo Kouwenhoven published headline-grabbing new evidence that he had observed an elusive particle called a Majorana fermion.

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

The flaw, discovered by researchers at the security firm SentinelOne, showed up in a driver that Windows Defender—renamed Microsoft Defender last year—uses to delete the invasive files and infrastructure that malware can create.

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

People can use the generator when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password.“Microsoft Edge offers a built-in strong password generator that you can use when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password,” members of Microsoft’s Edge team wrote.

The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy

The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy

Once an attacker has the network privileges to manipulate this authentication scheme, they can generate legitimate tokens to access any of the organization's Microsoft 365 and Azure accounts, no passwords or multifactor authentication required.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers

Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers

Research conducted by Microsoft and Keystone points to the critical role of investment not just in tech but in creating an architecture that can enable anyone to access opportunity across divides and barriers, developing the capabilities required to drive the innovation desperately needed to rebuild.

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday

For gaming, video editing, or other power-hungry tasks, aim for an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia or AMD.Be sure to read our guide to the best laptops , best cheap laptops , best MacBooks , and best Surface PCs for more recommendations.Microsoft Surface Deals.

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

For example, AMD says that its Security Processor will work alongside Pluton to act as the hardware root of trust for the silicon chips in a system and their firmware, while Pluton can provide the root of trust for Windows.

An Engineer Gets 9 Years for Stealing $10M From Microsoft

An Engineer Gets 9 Years for Stealing $10M From Microsoft

In late 2017 and early 2018, he stole millions of dollars worth of Microsoft store credit and resold it online for bitcoin, which he then cashed out using Coinbase."The value of the bitcoin deposits to Kvashuk's Coinbase account generally correlated with the value of the purchased and redeemed [Microsoft credit]," the government argued.

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

How to Use Parental Controls in Your Google, Apple, and Microsoft

You can also make sure that app, movie, music, and other purchases your kids try to make go through you first: After tapping your Apple ID in Settings on iOS or opening System Preferences on macOS, choose Family Sharing then Ask to Buy to set this up.

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

Now Google is accused of forcing phone companies to install its apps on the Android OS—which it gives away for free.There’s no question that Google dominates search, but in 2020, there isn’t one company that rules technology but a cluster (including Microsoft).

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

“If people are going to choose to play games, we want to be as efficient as we possibly can in delivering that experience, either via a console or a data center in a streamed environment,” said Microsoft’s vice president of cloud gaming, Kareem Choudhry in a March interview with WIRED.

Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

Windows XP Source Code Leaks OnlineWindows XP's refusal to die has caused a multitude of security problems ; Microsoft stopped officially providing updates to the operating system in 2014, meaning any vulnerabilities largely don't get fixed on the millions of computers that still run it.

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

The Xbox Series X is $500, which is about what most next-gen consoles start at.There's no Blu-ray disc drive, so you can only play digital games from the Microsoft Store.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Last October, during a long day of closed-door sessions and windowless-lab meetings with executives and product managers, the kind of closeness that would now make me shudder in the context of a pandemic, Microsoft revealed its dual-screened phone.

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead,” says Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University who studies China.“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead.”.

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump will “sign an order” directing TikTok ’s Chinese owner Bytedance to sell off the service.Bytedance doesn’t deny that it censors its Chinese services in line with government rules, but the company says it operates TikTok, which is not available in China, differently.

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Here’s Every New Xbox Game Microsoft Just Revealed

Sony told us all about the PS5's games some weeks back, and now Microsoft's Xbox Showcase just wrapped up, bringing a handful of new games and a few Xbox Series X exclusives—some of which are coming out this year.

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

The public commitments made by Apple and other companies sometimes read like a jumble of climate-related buzzwords, difficult to decipher without knowing exactly how these companies plan to neutralize or reduce the usage of dirty energy in their manufacturing or shipping processes.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Kano's New Kids Laptop Is Repairable, Cheap, and Runs Windows

Now, thanks in part to a new partnership with Microsoft, Kano is releasing the Kano PC, a cheap, powerful, and repairable Windows laptop aimed at the education market.Microsoft, which has struggled of late against iPads and Chromebooks in the education market, gets a new way to put Windows into schools.

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